Wheeler United Methodist Church is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. As United Methodists, we proudly embrace Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds.  God’s love is for all of humanity, regardless of one’s position in life, cultural identity, or political philosophy.  We welcome you with God’s unbiased love and acceptance.

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Tara Keehn, Pastor

Tara Keehn has been appointed to Wheeler Methodist Church as of
July 1,2020. She is currently attending seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
Contact Pastor Tara via E-Mail here or by phone at (219) 608-6150. 

Church Ministry Updates

March 8, 2020 Minutes

Wheeler United Methodist Church Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2020

Attendance: David Banning, Bill Kane, Steve Gierke, Matt McGinley, Charlie McGinley, Ken White, Rick McKee, Barb Pauley, Kit Runion, Becky Gierke

Pastor opened the meeting by restating the purpose, which is to set areas of responsibility for Ministry Table members.

Positions: Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Building and Grounds, SPRC, Education,​     Worship, and Missions

The Missions Chairperson was not assigned and remains open.

Ministry Table Members


(Expiring Term in 2020) 

Becky Gierke — Secretary / Treasurer​

Kit Runion — SPRC

Lois Naillieux

(Expiring in 2021) 

Marv Brickner 

Bill Kane 

Barb Pauley — Financial Secretary​



(Expiring in 2022)

Ken White

Charlie McGinley — Worship

Rick McKee — Education


Jackie Banning (2021)

Steve Gierke (2022) — Building and Grounds​


Matt McGinley is currently serving as Lay Leader, a position voted on each year. Matt agreed to serve as Chairperson of the Ministry Table for 2020.

Church Security:​ Debbie and Bill Kane will invite a friend to visit the church property to assess the​ physical space with regard to a policy for security in the event of an intruder on the premises with the intent to harm. In the meantime, we have received a conference packet on the subject for anyone to read and review.

Treasurer’s Report: The chili cookoff netted $403.00 to be deposited into savings and allocated to the​ Missions account. An update of expenses, giving, and account balances was distributed.

With no other business, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Gierke

2020 Ministry Table

Welcome to the newest members of the

Wheeler United Methodist Church

Ministry Table.

The 2020 Ministry Table

The 2018 Class (term expiring 12/31/2020):

Becky Gierke

Kit Runion

Lois Naillieux


The 2019 Class (term expiring 12/31/2021):

Marv Brickner

Bill Kane

Barb Pauley


The 2020 Class (term expiring 12/31/2022):

Charlie McGinley

Ken White

Rick McKee


Alternate Ministry Table Member – Steve Gierke (in the event one of the members is unable to complete their term)

The 2020 Lay Leader – Matt McGinley (The Lay Leader is an automatic member of the Table)

Church Officers will be elected at the first meeting of the Ministry Table.

January 26, 2020 Minutes

Wheeler United Methodist Church Meeting Minutes

January 26, 2020 

Attendance: Marv Brickner, Bill Peak, David Banning, Debbie Kane, Bill Kane, Steve Gierke, Matt McGinley, Charlie McGinley, Jack Runion, Shirley Harden, Barb Householder, Lois Naillieaux, Pat Thompson, Darlene Walsh, Bud Stowers, Linda Stowers, Myra Conrick, Rich Gaczkowski, Ken White, Rick McKee, Jackie Banning, Becky Gierke

Pastor opened the meeting with prayer.

Ministry Table 2020 Ballot: Terms expired in 2019 for Steve Gierke, Debbie Kane, and Ken White.

The following names will be on the upcoming ballot with the purpose of electing 3 whose terms will expire at the end of 2022: Rick McKee, Charlie McGinley, Bill Peak, Ken White, and Steve Gierke. Jeremy and Shiloh Banning will be asked again as they were unsure as to whether they were interested in being included on the ballot. Matt to follow up.

If anyone else is interested in serving on the ministry table, PLEASE contact someone currently serving or let Pastor David know. This is a church decision making body–not solely made up of persons DOING the hands-on work of the church. Wisdom, guidance, and prayer are included in ways to serve on the Ministry Table, although Ministry Table meeting attendance is certainly encouraged. Pastor mentioned that we will continue to try to meet on Sundays after church.

Other current members continuing to serve: (Expiring Term in 2020) Becky Gierke, Kit Runion, Lois Naillieux, (Expiring in 2021) Marv Brickner, Bill Kane, and Barb Pauley

Matt McGinley is currently serving as Lay Leader, a position voted on each year. Having no others on the ballot, he will continue in this position in 2020.

Ashes (John Ames): John’s wishes were to have his ashes spread on Wheeler Church property and/or the Wheeler Park. Barb and Bill Pauley also offered to have John’s ashes spread on their property. Ken White and Pastor Dave will see that John’s wishes are honored.

Church Security: Debbie Kane voiced concern over the church having no policy for security in the event of an intruder on the premises with the intent to harm. She will ask a friend in this business for advice and education to our congregation. Matter to be continued.

Church Signage: Marv relayed that the church sign currently on 130 would have to be set farther back off the road before changing out the sign and that a variance would be required. Steve offered to contact Rich Harder, owner of that property, for his plans and permission. Matter to be continued.

Treasurer’s Report: This church continues to be blessed with weekly gifts. The Church paid 100% of its tithes to the conference in 2019! We are paying the monthly bills — period. We have approximately $35,000 in savings and over $3,000 in the checking account. Allocated account balances were shared–most notably, $15,000+ for any building repairs, over $3,000 for missions, and $2,300 for youth. There are others, and please ask if you didn’t receive the list.

Specially allocated gifts to the church are usually put into the savings account, unless the gift is allocated to a monthly general fund budget item, such as Christian education. Samples of specially allocated accounts in savings include building repairs, sanctuary ceiling, flowers, camp for youth, missions, Wheeler park improvements, and the like.

Weekly giving met required expenses in 2 of 12 months in 2019. The needed funds to cover expenses in the other 10 months were withdrawn from undesignated funds in the savings account.

Wheeler Church continues to be blessed with giving and savings to meet budget needs. The church continues to be frugal in its stewardship of God’s abundant blessings.

Chili Cook Off: Should Wheeler Church have one this year? Wheeler High School has one in February. Jackie and Kenny will check to see when theirs is so there isn’t a conflict. We are considering February 29 or March 7 as possible dates. Camp is pretty well funded now for current possible attendees so another need should be considered. Pastor reminded everyone that the cook off is usually as much about town fellowship as it is about raising funds for the youth. It was suggested that we could raise funds to support the 6 monthly suppers Wheeler Church provides annually to the Men’s Homeless Shelter. There are certainly other missional needs to explore as well. More discussion to have later on this topic.

With no other business, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Rebecca Gierke


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